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Delta revamps Shuttle schedules, starts selling priority boarding

Travelers who frequently rush to LaGuardia, Boston Logan, Washington Reagan National or Chicago to hop on a Delta Shuttle flight might want to know that those flights have new departure schedules, effective March 25. Meanwhile, Delta also came out with some new ways for passengers to spend more money.

Under Delta’s old Shuttle schedule, flights between LaGuardia-Boston and LaGuardia-Washington departed in both directions every hour on the half-hour starting at 6:30 a.m. But with the new schedule, Shuttle flights in both directions in those two markets will leave every hour on the hour starting at 6 a.m. (For a few departures, the departure time is actually one minute before the hour.) Delta operates 15 Shuttle flights every business day between LGA-BOS and LGA-DCA.

Delta has boosted its LGA-Chicago O’Hare Shuttle service from 11 to 13 flights a day. Under the new schedule, Chicago flights depart LaGuardia at 15 minutes past the hour, starting at 6:15 a.m. (except 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.), with the last flight at 8:15 p.m. Shuttle departures from O’Hare now leave at 30 minutes past the hour beginning at 6:30 a.m. (except 10:30 a.m.), with the last flight to LGA leaving at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Delta said in a blog post that it is phasing in a new system of selling Priority Boarding to passengers who don’t otherwise qualify for it. The fee starts at $9 per segment, Delta said – although it didn’t say how high it can go. It is currently available for departures from Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego and Tampa, with more cities coming later this year.

“Priority boarding begins immediately after our SkyPriority customers and before general boarding customers,” Delta said.

Delta has also started selling extra SkyMiles to members who need to top off their accounts, with rates starting at $29 for 1,000 miles; and it is now offering a new 24-hour pre-purchased pass for its in-flight Wi-Fi service, at a cost of $12.

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